“Because they should not fuel conflict!” 

This is the major call of the newly approved draft regulation of the European Parliament on the so called “conflict minerals”, said Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive director of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA). 

“CSOs and mining affected communities in the Philippines are happy on the vote of the EU parliament that would mean stricter policy for European companies involved in manufacturing and importing components and final products that contain minerals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold.” Gariguez added.

On May 20, 2015, members of the EU parliament approved its proposed policy that would require companies to disclose or certify that they are not using minerals that fuels conflicts and human rights violation in Africa and other parts of the world. 

Bishop Crispin B. Varquez of Borongan, Samar one of the bishops who signed the global petition to pass the said bill expressed that if put into law, the policy will contribute in the global efforts to stop harassment, human rights violation, and even militarization brought about mining in many communities like in the Philippines. 

Yoly Esguerra, national coordinator of the Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) is positive that the European Council will also approve the proposed bill. “Although the bill will still have to go through long negotiation process and discussion with European Commission and the Council, we think that the message of the bill is clear and viable for EU businesses -- that is to be responsible in all the areas of their dealings or their supply chain.” Esguerra added.

PMPI is network of about 300 civil society organizations and church-based groups in the Philippines working on four thematic concerns such as peace, sustainable agriculture, climate change and the anti-mining campaign. (30)

 

300 environmental activists headed by Zambales local people’s organization Concerned Citizens of Sta. Cruz (CCOS) will march from Zambales to Mendiola from April 29 to April 30 to call on the provincial  and national government to stop the mining activities in the province.

The caravan will start in Sta. Cruz, Zambales and will end in Mendiola for a protest that will be followed by an environmental concert.

 Among the caravan’s stops are Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 3, DENR National Office, Commission on Human Rights and Office of the Ombudsman.

 “We demand accountability from the national government in its continued indifference to the plight of the people and neglect of the environment.” said Dr. Ben Molino, Chairperson of CCOS.

 “We demand from the government to not only reverse the lifting of the suspension but to call for the total cancellation of existing mining contracts and filing of administrative and civil charges against responsible government officials.” asserted Molino.

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PMPI today raises concern over the supposed letter from Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Leo Jasareno giving the mining company Nickel Asia Corporation to haul and load nickel ore stockpiles from Manicani Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

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Who would have thought that our defective electronic gadgets at home would be accepted as tickets to a concert?

This was the exact concept of PMPI and UP Circuit as they launched an advocacy concert for electronic scrap recycling last May 29 at UP Diliman Bahay ng Alumni. [READ: Bring your old cellphone and enjoy a concert on May 29!]

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Who would have thought that our defective electronic gadgets at home would be accepted as tickets to a concert?

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